Congratulations on your acceptance to California College of the Arts (CCA) for the upcoming fall or spring entering class.
You've arrived at the right place to find out about the next steps.
We are thrilled to be able to offer you admission to the college and look forward to welcoming you in person.
Undergraduate Enrollment Guide
To begin familiarizing yourself with the college's policies, procedures, and requirements, you'll want to download the latest Undergraduate Enrollment Guide (PDF) for answers to common questions undergraduates have regarding:
- Money matters
- Career Services
- Educational Technology Services (ETS)
- International students
- Academic advising
- English Placement Exam
- Registering for courses
- Travel between campuses
- Health insurance
- Disability & access services
- Academic calendar
- CCA office directory
10 Steps to Getting Started
(Applies to fall 2013 / spring 2014 only)
Once students receive their offer for admission and admit packet, they are often overcome with both excitement and some trepidation about the enrollment process. Let us help in setting your mind at ease with a few easy steps to get you started toward becoming a member of the CCA community.
For more details on the following 10 steps, please refer to the Enrollment Guide's New Student Checklist.
Step 1: Review the admission letter and packet you received from the Enrollment Services Office. Congratulations! Open or download the the Enrollment Guide.
Details regarding housing, registration, financial aid, student accounts, tuition and fees, international student visas, health insurance, orientation, academic calendar, and collegewide contact information are all included in this convenient one-stop-shop resource.
Step 2: Financial aid. If you have applied for aid, or met the priority deadlines for fall applicants, an aid award will follow shortly after your offer of admission. After you have reviewed your award, please return the enclosed page indicating your acceptance of the aid offer, along with any outstanding documents.
If you have questions regarding your aid award, see Financial Aid.
International students are not eligible for need-based financial aid; for information about outside resources see Funding Your Education.
Step 3: Confirm your attendance. The second half of your admit letter includes a perforated form that you must complete and return by May 1, or within two weeks of your admission offer, whichever is later.
Remember to include your nonrefundable $265 enrollment deposit ($115 registration fees; $150 enrollment).
Step 4: Set up your CCA email account. Twenty-four hours following the processing of your $265 enrollment deposit, you will receive an email with instructions on how to establish your new email account and password.
Use the "Activate Student Account" link found at directory.cca.edu. Once activated, you'll immediately be able to send and receive email.
You'll also be able to access your online student records and apply for housing through WebAdvisor.
(Note: WebAdvisor requires a different login procedure from that used in the application process.) Once created, all email from the college is sent to your CCA email account.
Step 5. Complete the online housing application. Visit your new WebAdvisor account and select "Residential Life" found within the "Students" tab. Within Residential Life find and select "Housing Application". When you reach the confirmation page, print the page and mail this document with your $750 deposit.
Step 6. Complete a billing worksheet. In June you will receive a paper statement, which will include a link and instructions for completing the student accounts billing worksheet. The form for the upcoming academic year becomes available in April, available on the student forms page.
The first tuition payment and your student accounts billing worksheet for the fall semester are due July 15; the first tuition payment for the spring semester is due November 1.
Step 7. Submit the billing worksheet and sign up for Rave. Rave is the campuswide emergency response network the college has in place to quickly inform the community about any situation that poses a threat to safety.
Step8. Participate in early registration**. Early summer registration is offered June 1–30 with a final registration opportunity taking place during the New Student Orientation. First-year students will register online, and new transfer and second-degree students may make phone or in-person registration appointments.
Notification of the registration process will be emailed to your CCA email account in May.
*Step *9. Tuition Payment**. The first tuition payment and your student accounts billing worksheet for the fall semester are due July 15; the first tuition payment for the spring semester is due November 1.
Step 10. Attend New Student Orientation. New student orientation is a comprehensive and personal introduction to California College of the Arts, where you will meet other students, faculty, and staff who will become an important part of your college experience.
Your participation at orientation is required.
Entering Fall 2013
August 20–21: San Francisco residence hall check-in for all students. Oakland residence halls open for new international students only.
August 22–23: International and exchange student orientation
August 25: Check-In for all students in all residence halls
August 26: Parent and family orientation
August 27–28: Transfer and second-degree student orientation*
August 27–30: First-year student orientation
Entering Spring 2014
January 13: San Francisco residence hall check-in for all students
January 14: International and exchange student orientation
January 15–16: First-year, transfer, and second-degree student orientation
Obtain your I-20 and F-1 Visa (international students only). International students must obtain a student F-1 visa. Begin this process by submitting an I-20 Request form and a bank statement showing you have access to at least $61,532 to meet your educational costs for the year.
Download the I-20 Request Form now.
For more information on any of the items included on this page, download and review the Enrollment Guide.
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